For the fourth year, Heart J Center is honored to partner with SongwritingWith:Soldiers to offer a life-changing weekend of creativity, camaraderie, healing, and fun


SongwritingWith:Soldiers operates from a simple principle — pair veterans and active-duty service members with professional songwriters to craft songs about their military experiences.


You will collaborate with professional songwriters to write songs based on your military experiences and the return home. The resulting songs will provide a unique bridge between the military and civilian communities, helping to build awareness of Veterans’ issues, needs, and strengths. In addition to songwriting, you'll enjoy relaxation and additional creativity sessions in areas such as photography, visual arts, and much more.


No musical experience is necessary. The songwriters are experienced at working together to draw find your story and put it to music. 


With incredible songwriters as your guides, you'll create songs that honor your past and set the stage for the future.

Participants, musicians, and staff will stay at Sylvan Dale Ranch, a historic Colorado guest ranch that offers beautiful scenery, exceptional privacy, comfortable Western hospitality, and delicious meals in the foothills west of Loveland. Lodging and meals are provided, along with relaxation, recreation, and creativity sessions. 
Participants receive a CD of the songs, photo/lyric book, and DVD of the performances. All are registered with ASCAP (American Society of Composers
Authors and Publishers) as co-writers of their songs.

Limited enrollment. Participants are welcomed on a first come, first served basis. 


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, this retreat is offered at no charge 

to Veterans and active duty service members.


Recent retreat participants told us:
     “I wouldn’t be standing here today if it wasn’t for this program.” 
    “This was the best welcome home I ever had.”  


The SongwritingWith:Soldiers Loveland Retreat Includes:

  • Three days/two nights lodging in comfortable cabins and guest houses at Sylvan Dale Ranch (family owned and operated since 1946!) 

  • Delicious home-cooked meals, snacks, and desserts

  • The chance to work with professional songwriters who are experienced at working with Veterans to tell the stories of military service and the return to civilian life.

  • Your song will be professionally recorded - you'll receive a CD of the song you wrote!



About the Venue ~ Sylvan Dale Ranch is the perfect location for this retreat, just an hour from Denver International Airport, but a world away. Sylvan Dale is nestled in the Colorado foothills, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. This beautiful riverside location provides a private, relaxed setting for the weekend. Sylvan Dale is a place that inspires creativity and where people from far and wide find that they can unwind, get in touch with history and with nature, and truly breathe. 



Sponsorship opportunities available ~
CLICK HERE to become a part of this incredible event today.


October 15-17, 2021


Fill out this form to let us know you're interested. We'll send you our information form and more details about the retreat. Use this form for questions as well. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning
PO Box 2736, Loveland, CO 80539
Tax ID#: 46-4993961
HJC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization